Archive for June 5th, 2013

Top 5 benefits of power naps

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

An afternoon nap is always frowned upon. We’ve always been told that it makes you hazy, lazy and disoriented. However, research suggests that a quick mid-day nap or ‘power nap’ can make you alert, reduce stress, improve your cognitive functioning, refresh and stimulate you!

What is power napping?

Power nap is a short 20-minute period of sleep, usually during the day. These naps are said to provide energy and boost your right-brain activity.


Daily sunscreen slows skin ageing

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The daily use of sunscreen significantly shows the ageing of skin, and also helps prevent skin cancer, a new study has suggested.

The world-first study of 900 young and middle-aged men and women showed that after four and a half years, those who applied sunscreen most days had no detectable ageing of the skin.

They also had 24 per cent less skin ageing than people who used sunscreen only some of the time, if at all.

The study was led by Queensland Australian of the Year, Queensland Institute of Medical Research’s Professor Adele Green, in collaboration with investigators at the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health.

“This has been one of those beauty tips you often hear quoted, but for the first time we can back it with science: protecting yourself from skin cancer by using sunscreen regularly has the added bonus of keeping you looking younger,” Professor Green said.


Vegetarian diets linked to lower death risk

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Vegetarian diets have been linked with reductions in risk for several chronic diseases, including hypertension, but a new study has claimed that they are also associated with reduced death rates.

Michael J. Orlich, M.D., of Loma Linda University in California, and colleagues examined all-cause and cause-specific mortality in a group of 73,308 men and women Seventh-day Adventists.

Researchers assessed dietary patients using a questionnaire that categorized study participants into five groups: non-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian (includes seafood), lacto-ovo-vegetarian (includes dairy and egg products) and vegan.

The study noted that some evidence suggested that vegetarian dietary patterns could be associated with reduced mortality, but the relationship is not well established.


Nutrition Q&A: Diet chart to feel energetic

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.


My father is 58 years old. He has been high Diabetic for past 20 years. He has some problems developed recently. When he takes insulin or any other tablet to control diabetes, sugar level comes down but he gets symptom of hypo(even at sugar level of 250).

He gets head ache, drowsiness, shivering etc. What should he eat to improve body resistance to these hard medicines/insulin?

Siddharth Prasad

Siddharth, you need to tell me his weight, height, details of medications and eating schedule for me to understand why he is having these. Firstly rule out other illnesses like kidney or liver diseases by consulting a physician. Also, has he made any changes in his usual eating or physical activity or changed medications?


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